Scathing Book Reviews of “The Secret”, by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne is a book I skimmed and put back down at the Bookstore. It’s got a catchy title, one that just begs you to open the faux leather copy and to pore through the faux parchment pages, but alas, I found nothing there that seemed to be new. The Secret boils down to “Want anything bad enough and it will come true in mysterious ways”. This is in a lot of “self help” books, and it is called “The Law of Attraction”.

Most responsible self help books – and anyone that has a few years on them – will tell you that sometimes, wanting, no matter how much, isn’t going to cure your Dad’s alzheimers, your sister’s cancer, your daughter’s stutter. These things CAN be cured or dealt with, but before anything can happen, you gotta want it, but wanting alone it isn’t always enough. It reminds me of the old lottery joke:

Morty, a deeply religious man, had long prayed to win the lottery to get him out of financial trouble. He prayed to God every night to win, even as things got worse and worse. After losing his job, his car and with his wife about to leave him, he prayed one last time. “God, please, I’m in trouble. I lost my job, my car, and I’m about to lose my family. PLEASE God, let me win the lottery.”

Suddenly God Himself appeared before Morty, long beard, white hair, deep voice, shining light, the works. Morty said “God, you’re here! Does this mean I’m going to win the lottery? God said, pleadingly “Morty, meet me halfway on this. Buy a Lottery Ticket.”

My advice? Know what you want, be open to getting want you want in more than one way, and then ACT to get what you want, with the faith that you’ll get it. Anyway, these Scathing Book Reviews of The Secret think one Secret to success is to not read the book:

“Greetings, friend! Do you wish to look as happy as me? Well, you’ve got the power inside you right now, so use it! Send $1 to Happy Dude, 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield. Don’t delay; eternal happiness is just a dollar away!”

…and:

The first step in increasing your wealth is to take the money you would have spent on this mindless drivel, and put it in your pocket. See? You’re doing better already.

…and:

Rhonda Byrne is a smart woman. Why? Because she is swindling the American populace into buying her garbage.

…and:

P.T. Barnum, you are vindicated once again… If you really want to learn something simple enough for kids but eternally true and useful for adults try the children’s classics “The Little Engine That Could”, and “Stone Soup.” These books have true wisdom and pretty pictures too.

…and:

It did not help me at all. I feel stupid for buying it. it felt like it was writen in two weeks. It had no real debth

…and:

Comparing this book to a pet rock would be insulting the rock.

…and:

Norman Vincent Peale repackaged for the pedestrian New age generation.

My thoughts on “The Secret” to success? You didn’t ask – St. Iganatius Loyola said it best: “Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.”

2 Responses

  1. The Secret is the latest and by far the worst example of a HIGHLY profitable trend where self-help gurus with fabricated new age titles and little relevant education, credentials or legitimate expertise brainwash us into believing that they know what is best for us, our marriages and our families.

    Often their only contribution to society is introducing some exotic sounding, new age philosophy. However, they often cleverly form an incestuous group of like-minded “experts” who cross-promote each other by swearing their success is due to following the beliefs of another member of their “cult!” All the while, they ply the airwaves jockeying for an ever-larger audience by appearing in the national media to garner third-party endorsements.

    The Self-Help Movement has become the Self-Destruct Movement by diminishing or destroying our critical thinking skills to choose and evolve on our own. We have given up the freedom to build healthy lives, marriages and families based on our unique history and life experience. Instead many victims, blinded to the value of their own life experiences, are attracted to the latest secret in self-help, in an attempt to find out what they should think, feel and how they should act… this is the definition of a cult.

    The solution is a return to our (common) senses! The best way out of this learned “self-helplessness” is to go cold turkey. Stop following ALL self-help gurus now. Begin, instead, to reclaim your natural, God-given ability to think for yourself. The common sense that was once readily available to all of us is still there free of charge and waiting to be applied to just about any challenge we might face in life… all you have to do is use it.

    Please, let’s all work together to stop the flock of “sheepeople” who blindly move from one UNPROVEN concept to the next, looking for the answers to life’s challenges that you already possess and that is the OBVIOUS!

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